- Performance 8/10
MX3s control great and everything, except for the fact that 135hp and 130ft torque isn't good enough for racing a V6 these days, but the good thing about the MX3 engines is that they are one of the lightest V6 engines out there (1.8L) compared to other V6 engines that weigh around 3.0L to 4.6L.
The bad thing about MX3s (1991 to 1997) is that they have no aftermarket support at all. That's right, no turbos, no headers, no heads, no pistons, no nothing except for a 75 shot of NOS and a small 7hp intake. I did hear of some custom MX3 Turbos, but they're not worth it because they don't add much horsepower like they're suppose to, and they are expensive.
So pretty much, if you want to race a MX3, you better swap the engine for a better engine like an MX6 engine, which I think has aftermarket support, or a J-Spec 2.5L KLZE (or something like that) engine (see the www.mx-3.com forums for more details).
- Reliability 7/10
Do not buy an MX3 with an automatic transmission! The reason why is because when Mazda was making the automatic transmission for the MX3s, they didn't make them right, because most people have had their transmissions break down at around 100k miles, including me (after 97,860 miles). Since the 1993 MX3s are 11 year old cars, they will mess up a lot...
- Comfort 9/10
The front seats keep you comfortable and keep you in place, but the back seats are small, so don't plan on using the MX3 for cruising with friends or for a road trip of 4, unless you plan to switch seats every hour...
- Dealer Service 3/10
Pricey parts, and it looks to me that Mazda doesn't care for their MX3s.
- Running Costs 6/10
Some small repairs and some big repairs, like a new front axle and a new transmission. Hey, what do you expect from a 11 year old car?
- Looks 8/10
The back lights look great.
Car's body looks great.
Inside looks great.
And there are bodykits out there for it at www.mx-3.com; look around in the forums and find appearance. You can't miss it...
Spoiler at the back of the car look crappy for this MX3 year.
By the way, I got my MX3 at an auction for $2,500 American with about 65,000 miles!